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Not That Kind of Republican

theatlantic.com — BOULDER, Colo.-In the tiny storefront that houses the Boulder County Republicans, the air is thick with paranoia. At the front of the crowded room, the county GOP chairwoman, Ellyn Hilliard, is lecturing on voter fraud and the Democratic conspiracy she's convinced is afoot to steal the election.

Most Latinos Don’t Hold Obama’s Immigration Delay Against Him " NewsTaco

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newstaco.com — Most Latinos Don't Hold Obama's Immigration Delay Against Him *Seems that, according to a Pew poll, the majority... How Have Community College Funding Cuts Affected Latinos? *Interesting: when funding for community colleges decreased, tuition increased... The faces of Mexico's missing students *Mexican illustrators are standing for the 43 missing of...

The Democrats' Ground Game May Be Falling Short in Iowa

theatlantic.com — NEWTON, Iowa-These are not easy times for a Democratic canvasser, and Cindy Pollard knows it. For months, she has been working the neighborhoods of this hollowed-out former manufacturing town east of Des Moines, driving up and down its streets in her black Toyota 4Runner. The vanity plate says "CINDY."

What Will the GOP Senate Be Like?

theatlantic.com — "The way I describe it is, we're putting the guardrails on the Obama administration's last two years," Senator Rob Portman told me in a recent interview, explaining how he envisions a Republican-controlled Senate proceeding. Needing GOP approval for nominees, Obama would have to appoint moderates to judicial and executive positions, he said.

What Will the GOP Senate Be Like?

theatlantic.com — In Kansas recently, Republican Senator Pat Roberts, who's in a tough race for reelection, made a statement that left me puzzled. "A vote for me is a vote to change the Senate back to a Republican majority, and we'll get things done," he said. "And it means a stop to the Obama agenda."

Bruce Braley and the Year Everything Went Wrong for Democrats

theatlantic.com — The Democratic congressman, who is behind in the polls in his race to represent Iowa in the Senate, is sitting on a couch in a nearly empty coffeeshop in this small town east of Cedar Rapids that houses Iowa's largest prison. ("The population is about 6,000, but 1,200 of them aren't allowed to leave," one local tells me.)

Bruce Braley and the Year Everything Went Wrong for Democrats

theatlantic.com — When Ernst enters-wearing jeans and a mustard-yellow blazer, her short gray-flecked brown hair parted to one side-Webster can hardly contain her excitement. "At our fall fundraiser, the No. 1 topic was, 'How do we get Joni here?'" she says. "We've been wanting to get you here for months!"

From 'One Tough Nerd' to Embattled Governor

theatlantic.com — GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-Rick Snyder, the governor of Michigan, is about to hold a town hall here, but I can't take my eyes off the left side of the stage, where a curious contraption sits. It's an inscrutable piece of machinery about three feet tall, with four jutting steel arms and a yellow smiley face affixed to the front.

Charlie Crist's Fan: A Love Story

theatlantic.com — Was the fan Crist's secret strength, his unfair advantage? Is that why his opponents wanted so badly to take it away from him? Perhaps it served a greater purpose than simply keeping the trim, tanned, never-a-hair-out-of-place politician from perspiring in the Florida heat. Perhaps it gave him a psychological edge-the familiar, friendly buzz, the caressing breeze.

Charlie Crist's Fan: A Love Story

theatlantic.com — When Crist was a young Florida Republican rising star, the fan was there. When Crist became governor, the fan came with him. When Crist was cast out of politics and his party-when he became an independent and then a Democrat-when he lost his allies, his friends, his donors, his career-when he embarked on his comeback, determined to show the voters he was a new man but also, deep down, just the same: The fan was there.
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Oct 31, 2014

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Oct 31, 2014

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@Timodc @jpodhoretz I'm pretty short. Nothing wrong with it! Gardner jokes about his height. He seems cool with it.

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